1. The man who gave $40 000 000 away to charity.
Tom Crist from Calgary, Alberta, was golfing in Palm Springs, California in May 2013 when he received a call from Western Canada Lottery informing him he had hit the Lotto Max jackpot. A $40-million dollar jackpot. Crist was now a multimillionaire. So how did he react when he found out he had made it big? He didn’t tell anyone. Crist finished his lunch, and then went back to golfing with his friends.
Crist kept it a secret for seven months from absolutely everyone including his own children, unsure of how to deal with his winnings. Crist wanted to avoid media attention, and was hoping that there would be some way to transfer the funds without the story going public. When he realized there was no way of avoiding the press, he told the media what he intended to do with the money.
Crist had lost his wife of 33 years to cancer in February 2012. In her memory, he wanted to put the money in a family trust fund to dole out to charities that he and his children choose. The first charities that Crist wanted to donate to were the Canadian Cancer Society and Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
How could a man make a decision to give away all of his winnings? To Crist, the logic was simple.
“I’ve been fortunate enough, through my career, 44 years with a company. I did very well for myself.” he told CBC News. “I’ve done enough that I can look after myself, for my kids, so they can get looked after into the future. I don’t really need that money.”
So he chose to give it to people who did.